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 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 2, 2020 

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A few days ago a friend living out-of-state said "I love sand but I prefer it on the beach." I didn't understand the comment when it was made but I do now for it referred to the Saharan dust plume...

 
 By Gloria Schlaefli    Columns    July 2, 2020 

Country Roads

America is set to celebrate it’s 244th Birthday, July 4th, 2020! Yes, it was 244 years ago that the forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence from England. With some of the usual firework displays postponed, this year’s celebration will...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 26, 2020

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With the combination of the COVID stay-at-home recommendation and the National Weather Service category 3 severe storm forecast for Sunday afternoon, Rita and I stayed pretty close to home. Since the...

 

Country Roads

I’ve been what some people call a “history buff.” For many years the history teacher at my home school was Mildred Mullins. She was a strict teacher with her pop tests and memorizing historical speeches, but she made sure I learned what was...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 18, 2020

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This week I have been following stories out of Manhattan, Kansas, reporting on two alligators stolen from a pet store located in that community. I don’t know why anyone would want to steal an...

 

Country Roads

It's cherry picking time! The only problem is I don't have any cherry trees to pick from. Several years ago a cherry tree start was ordered from a seed catalog. After selecting just the right spot,...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 11, 2020

Editor's Notebook

Richard Schmeling is a frequent contributor to this newspaper. The 1958 graduate of Superior High School and retired attorney now living in Lincoln, Neb., likes to recall what it was like to grow in...

 

Country Roads

Summer came early! What happened to spring? It somehow was blown away by the strong hot Kansas south winds. With the hot winds went my beautiful flower blooms. Since hardly any rain has arrived in our area, the rock roads are blowing. Dust is...

 

Jenny's REESources

If you have experienced hail or wind damage, the following site provides guidance via information and videos for early-season hail damage: https://go.unl.edu/u5ns. Be patient and wait four to seven days to determine recovery. Warm temps can help....

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 4, 2020

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For some people Monday was a special day but most people were unaware that it was special. Instead struggled with the new norm of social distancing, face masks and closed or at least changed businesses. Our city cousins added racial unrest concerns....

 

Country Roads

While working in my yard this week doing some weeding, planting and watering, I came across five snakes at three different times. Let me say I’ve heard it all before, that most of the snakes around here are harmless, and my farmer husband said...

 
 By Jenny Rees    Columns    June 4, 2020

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I enjoy this stage when corn is just tall enough to give the fields a green cast when looking at them from an angle. There continues to be discussion and questions about uneven corn emergence. Like many, I wasn’t anticipating seeing uneven...

 

Country Roads

As people prepared for their Memorial Weekend cook outs shopping for steaks, ground beef and ribs to BBQ, they found out beef was either in short supply or had almost doubled in price. Some shoppers found the meat shelves almost empty and asked the...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    May 28, 2020

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Amazing the way some things grow and others shrink. While preparing copy for this week’s Nuckolls County Locomotive-Gazette, I read about the sale of the Mt. Clare pool hall. It’s been a long time since there were enough people in the Mt. Clare...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    May 21, 2020

Editor's Notebook

Fifty years ago this week I was preparing to observe my first Memorial Day as editor of The Superior Express. For this 24 year-old “youngster” I expected the day would be different for in my life Memorial Days had long been different but I never...

 

Country Roads

This Memorial Day will be unlike any other Memorial Day in the past. Most all Memorial Day services are cancelled including the one at my hometown cemetery. It is sad but with the virus pandemic, coming together in a large group as is usually done...

 

Day Lilies

We had no day lilies at the Schmeling home at 1127 Kansas Street. I remember seeing them around town. The large Kate Scoular house on the southwest corner of tenth and Commercial streets had some and the “ghost house” south of the new, modern...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    May 14, 2020

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What is this rectangular concrete structure pictured near the edge of Lost Creek ? If I was a youngster playing along the creek, it would look pretty inviting. I’m sure I would look over the edge,...

 

Country Roads

This month of May is living up to its name. It “May” be cold. It “May” be hot. It “May” rain and then again it “May” not. We never know what “May” may be. It has also been a May like no other May before. Because of the COVID-19,...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    May 7, 2020

Editor's Notebook

I know I wrote about attending virtual meetings last week, but I’m so amazed by the technology I want to write about this week’s experiences. While seated in this newspaper’s front office on Saturday afternoon, I attended the first electronic m...

 

Country Roads

Some women spend their best shopping days in a dress shop, craft store, a gift shop, fabric store or a culinary store. Now, I enjoy shopping in those stores, too, but my best place to head especially this time of year is a greenhouse or garden center...

 

Country Roads

Bring on May! May is much needed this year to bring some needed cheer. It’s a month of colorful flowers blooming, including two of my favorites, lilacs and peonies. It brings warm spring days which draw people outdoors into the sunshine. Bonfires...

 

Editor's Notebook

Since we received our diplomas in the Superior Auditorium longer ago than I wish to admit, members of my high school class have held reunions every five years. Until this year, I’d only missed one of the reunions and that was because of a conflict...

 

Puffs

April can be such an enjoyable month. Mother Nature offers such nice days to enjoy after the hardships of winter. I truly enjoy all of them. However, maybe it’s just because we’re all told to stay inside and be happy that I’ve noticed a lot of...

 

Country Roads

I try to stay on the positive side of things but today’s situations make it difficult. We’ve all heard the old saying, “April showers brings May flowers,” well I’m still waiting on those April showers and the calendar is saying that there...

 

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